Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Abilene

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Immerse yourself in the life and times of one of America's most memorable presidents at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum. Learn all about Eisenhower's varied life, from his strict religious upbringing to his leadership of the War Plans Division in World War II and subsequent two-term presidency. Featuring Eisenhower's boyhood home, this complex gives you a real sense not only of this leader's origins, but of life more generally in early-20th century Kansas. Those with kids should bear in mind there is a dearth of interactive activities and any trip here will involve lots of reading. Make sure to pay your respects in the meditation garden, the final resting place of Eisenhower, his wife, and their infant child. Plan your visit to Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Abilene day trip website.
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  • Museum has recently been renovated, visited before and after and think they done a wonderful job modernizing it. Highly recommend visiting to learn about the amazing and his life and era that he... 
    Museum has recently been renovated, visited before and after and think they done a wonderful job modernizing it. Highly recommend visiting to learn about the amazing and his life and era that he...  more »
  • If you grew up during Dwight D. Eisenhower's two-term presidency from 1953 to 1961, as I did, you were awestruck by the accomplishments of the Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in World War II... 
    If you grew up during Dwight D. Eisenhower's two-term presidency from 1953 to 1961, as I did, you were awestruck by the accomplishments of the Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in World War II...  more »
  • We were disappointed to find entire complex closed due to Covid. We did get to walk around the grounds and take photos. Being an Army brat, I always had the utmost respect for President Eisenhower, 
    We were disappointed to find entire complex closed due to Covid. We did get to walk around the grounds and take photos. Being an Army brat, I always had the utmost respect for President Eisenhower,  more »
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  • Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of the greatest leaders in American history. I had read the biography "Soldier of Democracy" (great book!) and I always wanted to visit Abilene. Welcome center staff very friendly. The tour of the home was informative and very interesting with all of the original items. You really got an appreciation of his childhood. The grounds are incredibly spacious, so we enjoyed walking them and visiting the chapel with his grave, and walking to the museum. The museum is well-done and offered detailed insight into his life and the correlated time period in history. We only had 90 minutes, but I could have spent a half day here easily. I left with a deeper appreciation of one our finest leaders. Highly recommend and worth the detour from I-70.
  • I am disappointed in the newly renovated museum. It is more like a story board with a few artifacts sprinkled in, than a museum of the history of a great president, Dwight David Eisenhower, and his wonderful wife Mamie. Mostly murals, and short movies, the miniatures were cheap looking, there are some great antique stores around with authentic toy tanks, cars, trucks, etc from the time period, no need to go so cheap. Prior to renovation there were 2 levels with an overlook to a WWII tank and a large window looking out to the trees. There was also a room dedicated to Mamie with more clothes and artifacts. These were fantastic visuals and fun. The only positive was the circular world map which lit to highlight the time table of the war around the world. ☹️ I hope they don't renovate his boyhood home.
  • Nicely laid out, even in the heat of summer, not too big to travel between buildings in reasonable comfort. Note, great source for middle and high school kids building a history paper and using as source material. Film was really well done as well. Gift shop is nice as wel .
  • We like Ike, a great man, and a great museum. Large place and has lots of things to see. It would take about 2-3hrs for the whole visiting, and it is worth.
  • The first slap in the face was that they give discounts only to retirees, active duty or disabled and not to all the have served. My husband served four years in the Marines and was not offered a discount. All of the other Presidential Libraries we have been to offer discounts for all veterans. The museum is currently being renovated so you cannot enter it. You have to go to the library. You walk around on the second floor which is not interesting. Need to wait for the museum to be rebuilt for you to really enjoy it.

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